Another St. Raymond's Prospect for the Wolfpack?

While the search intensifies for a point guard to run the show, the N.C. State staff has also stepped up its recruiting efforts with a player from the same school that produced Julius Hodge.

Swingman Gavin Grant, who averaged 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists per game this past season at St. Raymond's (N.Y.), has been compared to Hodge because of his versatility and toughness.

``He's more athletic than Julius," St. Ray's coach Oliver Antigua said. "He's also stronger than Julius."

Grant has shown the ability to knock down the jumper, but he still has to display more consistency with his perimeter game. He can also go inside and rebound with players much bigger.

``He's not really an inside player and is more comfortable on the wing," added Antigua. "Schools just love his versatility because he can play so many positions."

Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Villanova are a few of the schools that came in and did school visits. UConn, St. John's and Richmond have also shown considerable interest. Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek and assistant Larry Harris were in to meet with Grant the first day coaches were allowed to come in.

``I want to go to a school that fits my style of play, an up-tempo style that uses big guards," Grant said. "I think I'm more of a two, but I rebound as well as a three."

Grant has also tentatively set up an official visit to N.C. State the last weekend of May. He has already taken a trip to Pittsburgh.

``N.C. State is definitely a school will get one of his four more visits," said Antigua. "After that, he'll have three more left."

``The ACC is one of the biggest and toughest conferences in the country," said Grant, who also mentioned UCLA as a possibility because of former Pittsburgh coach Ben Howland.

Grant only played 21 minutes per game this past season, but still managed to finish second on the team in rebounding, first in blocks, third in scoring and second in assists.

He will attend the ABCD Camp in July and will play with the Ravens at the 5-Star Invitational in Boston this weekend.


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